Course Schedule for Summer 2020


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MPJO-650-40

Culture Reporting

Today’s writers and editors are expected to curate and engage with communities around a variety of multicultural topics: Gender, Race, Nationality, Sexuality and Religion to name a few. This course will allow students to explore, expand and probe the notion of diversity and the “other.” The clash of cultures is playing out in the corridors of power. But how does it impact individuals? Students will learn how to identify larger trends through the individual. Mainstream news organizations such as the New York Times and NPR now have beats which cover global health and poverty, gender and race among others. Students will be asked to cover a community they are not familiar with -- whether it be a refugee family, an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, women in the workplace, or a poor neighborhood to name a few examples. You will learn how to tell a story that makes everyone care. We will read, listen and watch some great works of multicultural reporting to serve as context and critique new ones. This course will be reporting and writing intensive. The goal will be to create a multimedia platform –blogs, photos, and one long form piece whether it be magazine, podcast or long for video that everyone can contribute to. You learn also how to pitch the story to get editors interested.

Note: MPJO 500 and MPJO 501 are pre-reqs. Must be in the MPJO program.

  • Course #: MPJO-650-40
  • CRN: 17531
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Holland, J.
  • Dates: May 18 – Aug 16, 2020
  • Class Meetings:

MPJO-722-40

Data Reporting

This course is intended to introduce students to data journalism through hands-on work and a survey of techniques used in reporting. Students will learn how to acquire, evaluate and analyze data from a variety of sources, with an emphasis on using freely available tools. The goal is to develop a comfort level for working with different kinds of data and for different purposes, which include creating visualizations or maps to aid in the reporting process. This is a skills-based course, so students will need to be comfortable with learning to use computer software beyond word processors. Prior experience is not required or assumed, but a basic comfort level and willingness to experiment are vital.

  • Course #: MPJO-722-40
  • CRN: 16498
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructors: Day, C. , Gillum, J.
  • Dates: May 18 – Aug 16, 2020
  • Class Meetings:

MPJO-878-40

Design For Communicators

Note: This course teaches foundational and practical applications of visual communication in the digital environment. Students learn to apply basic typography, color strategies, digital imaging, and design principles to critiquing as well as creating visual content. Students should have basic working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to take this course. Students must have completed the core courses (MPJO 500 and MPJO 508) to register for this elective course. This course requires an additional 90 minute distance learning component required.

  • Course #: MPJO-878-40
  • CRN: 17651
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Wang, X.
  • Dates: May 18 – Aug 16, 2020
  • Class Meetings:

MPJO-505-40

Digital Essentials for Journalists

This course examines the essential digital skills needed in the field of journalism today. We will study the current media landscape to help students understand how digital skills and sensibilities are integrated with reporting, content creation, information dissemination and audience building efforts at news organizations of all sizes. The course involves a survey of key issues affecting the day-to-day work of modern journalists, as well as an examination of emerging technologies, platforms and ideas. Case studies, readings, media surveillance and guest lectures will help students learn the core skills needed to broaden their career opportunities; to add to their fundamental reporting background; and to think entrepreneurially about how to shape journalism. The final project will consist of a semester-long, team-created digital project that implements the full range of skills covered in the course. Students will: • learn practical, effective and applicable digital skills • create and distribute original content • investigate how individuals build traditional or unique journalism careers • develop and debate ideas using a collaborative, interactive team approach • display learning in class discussions, writing assignments and the final project This course is required for all MPS Journalism students. In order to satisfy graduation requirements, students must earn a B (3.00) or higher. Any student who fails to do so must repeat the course.

Note: Foundation class requires a B or better grade.

  • Course #: MPJO-505-40
  • CRN: 17530
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Macaya, M.
  • Dates: May 18 – Aug 16, 2020
  • Class Meetings:

MPJO-860-40

MPS Journalism Internship

Internships are a great way for students to gain real-world experiences and network with professionals in the field. Many employers require at least some internship experience to appear on a student’s resume. Taking on an internship while in the MPS Journalism program can help students integrate and enhance the skills they are learning in the classroom with professional, hands-on experiences. Students must participate in the internship according to the guidelines furnished by the employer, and they will be required to submit a weekly 500 word writing assignment reflecting on the successes and challenges of the internship. At the end of each semester, the student’s supervisor must complete an evaluation of the student’s performance, and submit it directly to the MPS Journalism program. ** Students must receive approval from the MPS Journalism program prior to enrolling in the Internship class.

Note: Program permission required. Extensive documented academic and experiental learning (at least 10 hours per week). This course follows the add/drop deadlines listed on the summer school calendar.

  • Course #: MPJO-860-40
  • CRN: 12261
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Garcia, G.
  • Dates: May 18 – Aug 16, 2020
  • Class Meetings:

MPJO-861-40

Internship II

Internships are a great way for students to gain real-world experiences and network with professionals in the field. Many employers require at least some internship experience to appear on a student’s resume. Taking on an internship while in the MPS Journalism program can help students integrate and enhance the skills they are learning in the classroom with professional, hands-on experiences. Students must participate in the internship according to the guidelines furnished by the employer, and they will be required to submit a weekly 500 word writing assignment reflecting on the successes and challenges of the internship. At the end of each semester, the student’s supervisor must complete an evaluation of the student’s performance, and submit it directly to the MPS Journalism program. ** Students must receive approval from the MPS Journalism program prior to enrolling in the Internship class. Note: Extensive, documented academic activity and experiential learning outside of classroom (min. 6-8 hours per week) is required.

Note: Program permission required. Extensive documented academic and experiental learning (at least 10 hours per week). This course follows the add/drop deadlines listed on the summer school calendar.

  • Course #: MPJO-861-40
  • CRN: 17111
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Garcia, G.
  • Dates: May 18 – Aug 16, 2020
  • Class Meetings:

MPJO-900-40

MPS Journalism Capstone

The Master of Professional Studies Journalism degree program culminates in the Capstone. Each student produces a substantive and original reporting project on a timely issue that showcases his/her talents as a prospective journalist. It should be a major work of professional quality that requires extensive legwork, interviewing and research and will become the centerpiece of your portfolio. The Capstone experience is intended to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate that they have the journalistic skills, ethics and initiative necessary to be a professional journalist. The Capstone project is an independent reporting endeavor. Class sessions provide feedback and structure. Group instructors will give you guidance throughout the semester, and your small groups will serve as mini-newsrooms where you will be expected to give each other feedback and support. Successful completion of the MPSJ degree also requires submitting an ethics essay that reflects on your firsthand experience as a journalist. The essay will be graded as one of the assignments in the Capstone class. This is a core course of the MPS Journalism program, and students must earn a “B” (83) or higher to pass the course. Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for more details. Students with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA who receive a final grade of a B- or below may receive one opportunity to retake the course, if approved by the dean.

Note: Course is a core requirement of the MPS degree. A grade of "B" or higher is needed to pass this course. Pre-reqs are MPJO 500, 501, 505, and 508.

  • Course #: MPJO-900-40
  • CRN: 12827
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Feldman, C.
  • Dates: May 18 – Aug 16, 2020
  • Class Meetings:

MPJO-508-40

Photo and Video Storytelling

Foundation requirement for Journalism majors. This course requires a grade of "B" or better to pass. Additional 150 minute distance learning component required Course Description: This course is designed to give the student the ability to communicate in the Video Age--whether for television or the web. We call it storytelling to emphasize the communication of ideas, rather than simply the technical knowledge of shooting and editing video. Students will begin by learning how shots work together, how to write compelling scripts, and how to use audio for best effect. Then students will work with professional camera equipment to develop shooting, lighting, and audio skills. The class will also have hands-on instruction in editing techniques using Final Cut Pro. By the end of the course, students should be comfortable in the video storytelling process--from the flash of an idea, to the finished product on the screen, in the field, and in the studio. Students who entered the MPS Journalism program in Summer 2010 and thereafter must complete this class and receive a grade of solid "B" (3.00) or higher in order to graduate.

Note: Is a foundation course for the program, must earn a B or better in this course to pass the class. Needs an extra 90-minute session, either online or in-person.

  • Course #: MPJO-508-40
  • CRN: 16497
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Henderson, J.
  • Dates: May 18 – Aug 16, 2020
  • Class Meetings: